2015 Election A Referendum On Jonathan Administration

Jonathan Goodluck, President of Nigeria

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign has expressed dismay and disappointment at the inability of the incumbent President and presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Goodluck Jonathan, to use the opportunity offered by his campaign outings to tell Nigerians what he has done for them in the last six years.

A statement by the APC Campaign in Abuja on Friday recalled that Mr. Jonathan had earlier urged that parties and candidates to dwell on issues agitating the minds of Nigerians and how these can be solved, but said it was surprised that in his campaign outings so far including those of Enugu and Lagos, the President has been unable to do this.

The statement signed by Garba Shehu, Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign, noted that at the PDP Lagos campaign flag-off and at Enugu, rather than the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria telling the people of Nigeria watching on television and those at the campaign venue what he has achieved and what he intends to do differently, the second-term seeking President Jonathan spent valuable time reading copiously excerpts from the maiden speech of General Ibrahim Babangida who overthrew Buhari in 1985.

“Nigerians do not expect a political commentary from President Jonathan of a nearly 30 year old speech delivered to the nation by IBB. What Nigerians expect to hear among others is what he has achieved in the last six years and why corruption still remains endemic and the economy in shambles. Is this what is needed to free the Chibok girls, strenghten the Naira, pay salaries of civil servants, stop the industrial stealing of crude oil or ensure the safety and security of Nigerians?” the APC Campaign queried.

The APC Campaign bemoaned that after six years of Jonathan administration the nation is still gripped by pervasive insecurity, aggravated unemployment notably among the youths.

“If the youths are so dear to him as the President has claimed whatever happened to the tens of thousands who lined up for the Nigeria Immigration Services recruitment with several of them losing their lives over which no one has taken responsibility and the Minister is still at his job. Even the automatic employment promised to the injured and relations of the deceased still remain a mirage.

“President Jonathan should be reminded that the February 14 presidential election is a referendum on his lacklustre leadership,” he said.

According to the APC Campaign, General Buhari’s will re-enact zero tolerance for corruption, leadership integrity and national discipline, values that are alien to the Jonathan’s administration.

“Claims that General Buhari will jail the corrupt, is utter falsehood. As President, Buhari will allow due process to prevail. The decision of conviction and imprisonment will remain in exclusive preserve of the court. A president Buhari will not meddle in court decisions, he will abide by the constitution in all cases. He will not cut deals to see corrupt people walk out of prosecution.

“In today’s visionless and rudderless and corruption-ridden Nigeria under Jonathan’s watch, the aforementioned issues and the transparent and honest way Muhammadu Buhari dealt with them in the past is what the Nigerian people yearn for and for which they want Buhari back in the saddle.

The APC Campaign reminded President Jonathan that no amount of anger and fear of losing office as exhibited by him in his campaign outings so far can reverse the tide of the impending change, whose time has come.


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  • Chris1408

    How can he brag about achievements when he’s failed woefully. Or solutions to the plethora of problems facing the country when he’s absolutely clueless.

  • Johnson Omale

    I wonder why GEJ is still backing corruption. After 6 years of misrule this man was not even ashamed to inform Nigerians that he would fight corruption but not by throwing corrupt persons in jail. Can you just imagine that? He thought Nigerians would support him by such statement. I do not know why he does think or go though his speech before coming out in public. He talks before reasoning, what a president!

  • mk

    IF i :
    snatch a lady bag on highway?
    Stole someone’s car?
    Burgled a house?
    Embezzled public fund?
    Stole my girlfriend handset?
    Build an estate in 3month of employment?
    Pls tell me where do I belong after being cut ?
    I don’t know how our present president is looking at a commited crimes and corruption publicly in our present stakeholders and still HOLD ON investigation..time has come for transparency,go and relax GEJ while reading your failures..APC will deal with them in the courtroom as you failed to..

  • Uwadiegwu

    If Bokohari is unable to offer Nigerians a programme, his coup speech is the closest we can get to the wicked man’s evil mind. Meanwhile, the election offers a choice between a hypocrite and a man who is looking forward, and it is more important than your referendum – the new line in your propaganda menu.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well said APC GEJ is a failure he will be shown the way out soon.

  • Uhuru

    YES, BUT BUHARI IS NOT THE ANSWER.

    As someone who fervently prayed and to willed Jonathan to succeed, regrettably,
    all pointers emanating from his end of term report paints a grim picture of a
    country in perpetual reverse. Inexplicably, GEJ has contrived to burn and
    obliterate all political, religious and regional support which propelled him
    like a tsunami into Aso rock, albeit by default.

    Yes, this forthcoming election would have been a truly positive referendum
    on JEG’s administration had he fulfilled a fifth of what he promised. Had that happened maybe there would not have
    been an APC. Even if there was the election
    would have been ‘a no contest’ in all intents and purpose. Unfortunately, GEJ’s
    action (or lack of it) has given rise to this apoplectic and pervasive umbrage
    that is currently sweeping the nation.
    This hardly justifies any sort of positive argument for a second term.

    Having said that, Buhari unfortunately, (at 72 years or so) is not a
    credible alternative; neither is he the answer to the prosaic leadership of
    GEJ. It beggars belief that out of a
    country of over 150 million, Buhari who is a recycled and laundered dinosaur is
    the best APC could put forward. This is
    someone who since leaving office more than 2 decades ago has done little to
    sharpen his leadership qualities either in the form of further education
    or leadership role (in any guise) which could have provided certain parameters
    to benchmark his leadership qualities.
    Even the outcome of his former stint as a military junta (which people
    forcefully wave in your face as a justification for his candidature) cannot
    begin to mask his leadership deficiencies. Do we need reminding that his tenure
    then was a twosome; with Idiagbon arguably providing the intellectual anchor
    that steadied the ship.

    Consequently, this latest attempt to wrest power ‘at all cost’ following an unenviable
    4th attempt smacks of an unmitigated desperation. This time he is pinning his hope of reaching his
    Eldorado by feeding off fear, religious and ethnic polarisation of the nation. That
    is not a person I want as my leader.

  • Okey

    SO LONG AS THE PRESIDENTIAL MANTRA OF APC IS ANCHORED ONLY TWO (2) POINTS: SECURITY AND CORRUPTION, THE PERSON AND ANTECEDENT OF THEIR FLAG-BEARER, WHO WILL DRIVE THE PROCESS SHOULD APC WIN, WILL ALWAYS BE THE ISSUE. NIGERIANS WILL LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HE DID OR SAID THAT IMPROVED OR DETERIORATED THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION. WE WILL LIKE TO KNOW HOW CLEAN HE HAS BEEN, STARTING FROM HOW CLEAN HE COMES OUT WITH HIS SCHOOL CERTIFICATE RESULT, SINCE WE KNOW THAT AT HIS TIME WAEC HAS STARTED MODERATING SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMS AND KEEPING THEIR RECORDS.